The Mayor Harold Washington Commemorative Lecture is presented in commemoration of the legacy of Mayor Harold Washington and in collaboration with the Mayor Harold Washington Legacy Committee, The HistoryMakers, Chicago Urban League and local scholars with generous support from Chicago Public Library Foundation. The 2019 lecture is presented by Symone Sanders, who will discuss current topics that reflect various aspects of Mayor Washington's life and legacy.
Symone D. Sanders is former national press secretary for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign and a CNN political commentator.
A champion for women, Symone Sanders is a strategist and communications consultant who served as a Spring 2018 Resident Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School. She rose to prominence during her tenure with the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign. At 25, she demonstrated an uncanny command of the issues, earning her a place in history as the youngest presidential press secretary on record and a spot on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 16 young Americans shaping the 2016 election.
However, Symone was not new to presidential politics. When she was 16, she introduced former President Bill Clinton at a luncheon in Omaha, Neb. Following her remarks, Clinton said, “Symone spoke so well I really hate to follow her.” He went on to write about Symone in his book, Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World.
Now, Symone draws from her experience on the national stage to provide perceptive analysis on political and social issues. Her lively presentations challenge the conventional wisdom that strong communities are only defined by what we have in common. Instead, she outlines the way our differences contribute to effective social movements.
Symone has been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET, TV One and CNN. She has been profiled in the Washington Post, the New Yorker, ESSENCE Magazine and ELLE.
Symone is currently Principal of the 360 Group, LLC, where she provides strategic communications guidance to organizations, businesses, individuals, campaigns and candidates, and helps clients find sound solutions to tough political and social problems. Symone has also been selected to serve as one of USC Dornsife's 2019 Fellows.
Doors to the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium open at 5 p.m., and seating is first come, first served.